Greenland Whale Fishery, The [Laws K21]

DESCRIPTION: The singer and his companions (are forced by poverty to) sign on a whaler. They spot a whale. The whale is harpooned, but sinks the boat and escapes. Five crewmen are killed. The captain regrets the loss of whale and/or crew. At last they leave Greenland
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1820 (_The Mavis_, according to Greig); before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.17(160))
KEYWORDS: ship whale whaler death
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,NE) Britain(England(Lond,South),Scotland(Aber)) West Indies(Bahamas) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (29 citations):
Laws K21, "The Greenland Whale Fishery"
Belden, pp. 104-105, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text)
Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 9-10, "The Whalefish Song" (1 text, 1 tune, without reference to the drowned men); pp. 11-12
Huntington-Gam, pp. 18-19, "Brave Boys (The Greenland Whale)" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Colcord, pp. 151-152, "Greenland Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Harlow, pp. 223-227, "The Whale," "The Greenland Whale" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Leach, pp. 707-708, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 147-148, "Whaling Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Karpeles-Newfoundland 42, "The Greenland Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Friedman, p. 401, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
OBB 169, "The Greenland Fishery" (1 text)
FSCatskills 95, "Bound for the Stormy Main" (1 text, 1 tune)
PBB 81, "The Greenland Whale" (1 text)
Greig #85, pp. 2-3, "The Greenland Fishery"; Greig #87, p. 2, "The Greenland Fishery"; Greig #135, p. 2, "The Greenland Fishery" (1 text plus 2 fragments)
GreigDuncan1 9, "The Greenland Fishery" (10 texts, 8 tunes)
Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, pp. 50-51, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 200, "Whale Fishers" (1 text)
Reeves-Circle 58, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text)
RoudBishop #11, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 122-123, "The Whale" (1 text, 1 tune, plus a fragment from _Moby Dick_ which may well be derived from this song)
Lomax-Singing, p. 89, 'When de Whale Get Strike" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Scott-BoA, pp. 142-144, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-Singing, pp. 214-215, "Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 32, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 832-833, "Greenland Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ashton-Sailor, #83 insert, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text)
Palmer-Sea, p. 72, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 94, "Greenland Fisheries" (1 text)

Roud #347
Almanac Singers, "Greenland Fishing" (Rec. 1941, unissued at the time; on AlmanacCD1)
A. L. Lloyd, "The Greenland Whale Fishery" (on Lloyd9)
David Pryor: "When the Whale Get Strike" [fragment] (AAFS 512 A1, 1935; on LomaxCD1822-2)
Pete Seeger, "The Greenland Whalers" (on PeteSeeger10)

Bodleian, 2806 c.17(160), "Greenland Whale Fishery" ("In eighteen-hundred and twenty-three"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Firth c.13(67), Firth c.13(68), Firth c.13(69), Firth c.13(71), Harding B 11(90), Harding B 11(3307), Harding B 11(958), Harding B 25(778), "Greenland Whale Fishery"
cf. "The Barrack's Song" (form)
NOTES [49 words]: [Lloyd cites a blackletter printing of this piece from before 1725.]
In 1830, the English whaling fleet moved from the right-whale grounds off Greenland to Baffin Bay, and thence to the grounds off Hawaii and Peru. The whalers' songs nonetheless continued to refer to the Greenland grounds. - PJS
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